Dean of Studies
M.A. American Studies, Pepperdine University
B.A. English, George Mason University
Originally from the east coast, Kerry Faith Martin was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in northern Virginia. Ms. Martin graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA in 1998 with a Bachelor’s in English and a minor in Spanish and immediately began her career in education. After teaching English at a Catholic high school in Arlington for three years and taking education courses through the University of Virginia’s satellite campus there, Ms. Martin decided to expand her awareness and broaden her perspective by moving to Chile, South America in 2001.
Teaching English as a Second Language at Villa Maria Academy in Santiago, Chile also afforded Ms. Martin the opportunity to travel extensively throughout South America. Ms. Martin considers those experiences as some of her most formative, both personally and professionally. Hiking the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, touring the Galapagos Islands, and renovating the local orphanage are among the memories that stand out the most to her. It was there in South America that Ms. Martin developed a passion for the outdoors and a deep appreciation for cultural diversity.
In the spring of 2003, Ms. Martin returned to the United States, relocating to Los Angeles to be closer to her young nieces and to continue adapting and evolving. In the fall of 2003, Ms. Martin brought that mentality to bear here at Providence High School, where she taught in the English Department and then served as Department Chair. In 2009 she received her M.A. in American Studies from Pepperdine University, which reinforced her own belief in the richness of interdisciplinary studies.
Ms. Martin met her husband, Corbett Uzel, while living on the west side and they married in 2008. They grew their family first with their daughter Madelyn in 2010 and then their son Griffin followed in 2013. They live here in Burbank and enjoy family dance parties and excursions to the local mountains and beaches.
Ms. Martin has held numerous leadership roles here at Providence over the years and is proud to now serve as the Dean of Studies. She considers Providence to be her second home and is invigorated by the pioneer spirit of the students and staff here.
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